german democratic republic

    • 8.10.16

      The Rise and Fall of Gerd Bonk, the World Champion of Doping

      East German weightlifter Gerd Bonk took the highest documented quantity of anabolic steroids in his quest for a gold medal. He was a victim of the greatest, widest reaching, and most sociopathic scandal in sports history.

    • 5.13.13

      Crossing the Danube

      Between World War II and the fall of Communism, many fled Soviet-controlled East Germany and headed westward. The stories of these defectors have been exhaustively documented, but much less is known about the few who headed against the tide, west to...